Monday, October 19, 2020

Find information for the Monday, October 19th sessions of the Diversity Symposium below.

9:00 – 10:30am Sessions

Presented by Penny Gonzales-Soto

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Session Description: “Just get in line to gain citizenship” is the statement we hear about undocumented immigrants in the U.S. The reality is it takes years or decades for individuals and families to legalize their status, if at all possible. This seminar focuses on explaining how the immigration process works, who can legalize status, and how long the entire process takes. The goal is to support immigrant inclusion at CSU and Fort Collins by bringing forward the reality of the immigrant plight to legalize status, illustrate that the wait is too long in light of poverty, civil war, danger, and separated families.

Session Audience: Faculty, Staff, Students

Session Tags: Bias, Education, Undocumented

About the Speaker(s): Penny Gonzales-Soto is a Staff Attorney with Student Legal Services at Colorado State University. She has specialized in immigration law for over 19 years working with various non-profit organizations, an Immigrant Resource Center, and her own law practice. She also presented community targeted immigration presentations to educate on the reality of the immigration process. Penny focuses on using her experience with diverse communities to counsel and guide students in various areas. She also strives to empower students with the tools to address the new and evolving life changes that students will encounter as they move beyond CSU.

Presented by Brooke Wichmann and Ashlyn Friend

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Session Description: Join staff from Conflict Resolution Services at the Student Resolution Center to discuss ways to overcome barriers in conversations about race between white people. With a combined 15 years experience working in Conflict Resolution and Restorative Justice, the facilitators will offer strategies to interrupt and challenge racism based on their daily work with conflict coaching, mediation, and group communication.

Session Audience: Faculty, Staff, Students

Session Tags: Allyship, Race

About the Speaker(s): Brooke Wichmann is the Associate Director of Conflict Resolution Services in the Student Resolution Center. Brooke views conflict as a natural part of life that, if managed effectively, can yield positive outcomes. With over a decade of experience as a conflict resolution practitioner, Brooke works to ensure that the SRC provides the highest quality conflict resolution services to the CSU community. A certified Conflict Management Coach and Mediator, she has delivered over 2500 direct hours of Conflict Resolution services/programming in educational, business, and community settings. Brooke has an M.A. in Peace Education and is currently working towards a PhD in Organizational Learning, Performance, and Change.

Ashlyn Friend is the Assistant Director of Conflict Resolution Services in the Student Resolution Center. Ashlyn believes conflict often occurs when there is an absence of connection. As a conflict resolution practitioner, she helps parties strengthen relationships while addressing specific issues of contention. Ashlyn has a strong record of building successful collaborative partnerships and implementing innovative programming to serve students. Prior to joining CSU, she served as the Conflict Resolution Coordinator at the University of Colorado Boulder where she established an alternative dispute resolution program for students. Ashlyn earned a master’s degree in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University and obtained certification in conflict coaching and mediation as well as completed extensive training in restorative justice processes.

11:00am – 1:00pm Keynote Address

Presented by Dr. Melina Abdullah

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2:00 – 3:30pm Sessions

Presented by Michelle Jacoby and Joe Tiner

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Handouts for session: Sex Positivity and Disability Resources

Body Boundaries List

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Session Description: People with disabilities are rarely seen as sexual beings. This misconception stems from a lack of understanding of disabled people and is perpetuated in popular culture. In this session, we will examine sex-positivity using a disability-based lens. We will highlight the experiences of people with disabilities, examine how disabled people are viewed when it comes to sex, breakdown some harmful myths and stereotypes, discuss the importance of consent, and of course, look at some inclusive sex toys.

Please Note: This presentation will contain some sexual content and adult language. Please use your own discretion if choosing to attend this session.

Session Audience: Faculty, Staff, Students

Session Tags: Dis/Ability, Intersectionality, Sexuality

About the Speaker(s):
Joe Tiner (he/him/his) is a First-Generation college graduate and alumni of CSU. He holds a B.A. in Journalism and Media Communications and his M.Ed. in Education and Human Resource Studies. Joe currently serves as an Accommodation Specialist at the Student Disability Center. He has also served in a variety of roles at CSU having held positions Assistive Technology Resource Center, Office of Support and Safety Assessment, and with the Student Success Indicatives. Joe is passionate about advocating for the rights and inclusion of disabled people.

Michelle Jacoby (she/her) is a proud Ram, receiving both her Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Social Work from CSU. She currently serves as the Tell Someone Coordinator in the Office of Support and Safety Assessment at the university. Additionally, Michelle is a Licensed Social Worker and Sex Therapist in the State of Colorado. She has a small private practice in the community focusing on sex, relationships, and intimacy. Michelle is a member of AASECT (American Association of Sexuality, Educators, Counselors, and Therapists) and is an alum of the Sex Therapy and Education Program at University of Michigan.

Presented by Shannon Archibeque-Engle, Louise Jennings, Rachel McKinney, and Katie Hart

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Session Description: The Faculty Institute for Inclusive Excellence (FIIE) is one of the flagship professional development programs offered by the Vice President for Diversity office. Since 2015, FIIE has engaged six faculty cohorts and awarded 40+ Fellows. This interactive workshop highlights the findings of a rigorous qualitative assessment of the FIIE answering the overall research question: What is the individual and institutional impact of this faculty focused effort? Workshop participants will critically discuss the thematic findings that emerged from semi-structured interviews of FIIE Fellows and have an opportunity to provide feedback for future Colorado State University diversity, equity, and inclusion professional development.

Session Audience: Faculty, Staff, Students, Administrators

Session Tags: Education, Intersectionality, University Culture, 

About the Speaker(s): Louise Jennings is a professor in the School of Education where she co-coordinates the Educational, Equity, and Transformation program and co-directs the Race and Intersectional Studies in Educational Equity (RISE) Center. Her teaching and research center on critical empowerment of youth and the cultivation of humanizing and equitable institutional practices in educational and community settings.
Rachel McKinney is a program coordinator in the Office of the Vice President for Diversity. Her passions for social justice and project management align clearly with the mission, vision, and values of the office and she is grateful to be working towards systemic and cultural change that centers equity at CSU.
Katie Hartmann is a PhD Candidate in Education, Equity, and Transformation in the School of Education and is a Research Assistant in the Office of the Vice President for Diversity. Her research explores systems of inequity and access in formal and informal agriculture education settings. Specifically, her dissertation research investigates the inequitable access that Indigenous communities have to Cooperative Extension services, the socio-historical context of those systems within the Land Grant System, and the lived experiences of Extension educators collaborating with Indigenous communities today.
Shannon Archibeque-Engle, Assistant Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Assessment, is committed to fostering an equitable learning environment for students, faculty, and staff. Archibeque-Engle utilizes mixed methods to provide evidence for equitable and solution centered higher education practices.